Climbs 85
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Faces S

Dark little crimps © sim.monkey

Crag features

A sheltered disused quarry, just outside Penrith on Beacon hill/Edge. Signposted as 'Cowraik Quarry' as oppose to 'Cowrake Quarry'.

First ascents of the older routes were mainly done by local mountain rescue teams who used the quarry as a training area. The rock is soft and so leading is discouraged, with the use of a bouldering mat strongly encouraged. Top outs are often grim, and its often easier to jump/climb down.

Approach notes

One mile ENE from Penrith. From the large roundabout to the east of the motorway, take the A686 for about 2 miles. At the pylons, turn left onto a lane. Follow this for a mile to a footpath on the right, which leads to the quarry.


This used to be Penrith Climbing Wall, before Penrith had a climbing wall. ( excellent friction even in the wet!) The gorse bushes often doubled as bouldering mats (ouch!), before these modern fancy mats were invented. Enjoy! I hope it still gets used as often
Alan Stark - 17/Dec/03
I often go to cowrake for an evening boulder after school lots of problems to work on. If you live near by and looking for an summer's evening out bouldering. Highly recomended
mattjwaring - 01/Sep/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Piney Play 
2Aunt AggieHS 4c 24
3Scots PineMS 4a 35
4Pine WallVS 5b 22
5Dirty DaveVS 5c 31
6Speckled AreteV2 11
7Desperate DanS 4b 20
8Super Sexy BrolliesV1 17
9Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger)V2 14
10Tom ThumbHVS 5b 5
 Snappy Main Wall 
12PrunesquallorV0 7
13Udder CrackHVS 5a 6
14Sacred CowVS 4c 9
15White SnakeHVS 5b 12
16Holy CowHVS 4c 2
17What's Coming Up?HVS 4c 2
18Problem Wallnone 5a 20
19Cow PieVS 4c 2
 Arete Fever 
21The AreteVS 4c 14
22Deadend GrooveVS 4b 4
23JughandleVS 4c 29
 The Pod Area 
25Heathernone 5a 20
26Gorsenone 4c 43
27Off the wall
V1 *12
28Broomnone 5b 33
29Bedknobsnone 6a 16
30Bramblesnone 4c 15
31Bramble Aretenone 4a 17
32PricklesV1 13
33Prickles HighV1 **11
34Mungo is Angry
V2 *18
35Mungo Direct
V3 8
36Pod DynoV3 ***9
37Pod StaticV4 ***11
38Broomsticks *V1 1
 Twin Cracks Area 
40Neanderthal Crack
V3 12
41Ordinary RouteV2 19
42Finger CruncherV3 **11
43Finger DirectV4 *7
44Finger RegainedV5 *6
45Cracked SlabVB 13
46Fine TunedV1 12
47The SloperV3 *7
48Pot BlackV2 18
49Pot Black (sit start)
V2 17
50Twin CracksV1 21
51The VixenV3 21
52The Ferretnone 5a 20
53The Polecatnone 4b 19
54The Foxnone 5a 18
55Pis En Litnone 4b 20
56Upstairsnone 4c 13
57Downstairsnone 6a 3
58Downstairs ExtensionV3 **8
59Slabs 2none 3c 4
60Slabs 1none 4c 6
61Blackberriesnone 4a 2
 Medusa Tree Area 
63Neneh Cherry
V5 8
64Black Cherry (sit start)
V2 16
65StonefaceHS 4b 3
66Permian FaceE2 5c 4
67MedusaHS 4b 2
68The GorgonHS 4b 2
69Keaton WallVS 5a  
70The MirrorVS 4c 1
71Climb At Your PerilVS 4b 1
72Who Dares Might WinHVS 4c 1
73PeglegHVS 4c  
74VirginHVS 5b 2
75Snatch and SlapVB *8
76Bat TraverseV3 *9
77Red CherryVS 5a 9
78The EndS 4a 5
79In Search Of The ChinamanV0 3
80Rich's ProblemV4 **2
81The High TraverseV3 *9
 The Dreaded Cave 
83Stretch ArmstrongV1 20
84Stop or DropV2 9
85The Great 'Trev'-erseV3 4
86Ground forceV4 2
87Ground Force directV6 2
88Stop or drop extendedV5 2
89Stop or Drop directV5 3
90Stretch Goes GreenE3 5a 2
91Fork HandlesV4 1
92Four CandlesV3 1
93Gratir Pissage
V0- 3
94Off The Handle *VE *3
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